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understand the frustration of the senators from virginia and their inability to obtain a more complete rationale and plan for the pentagon's proposed actions. the secretaries in tend to reduce duplication, overhead, and excess in the department of defense is commendable, but his action should be supported by an open process, which includes detailed analysis and full consideration of opposing views. we again thank witnesses for their presence here this morning. we look forward to their testimony, and i call upon senator mccain. >> thank you. i thank the distinguished witnesses for being here this morning and their service to the nation. secretary gates announced a series of initiatives in august to improve the inefficiency of the department of defense. as part of this initiative, he also passed dr. carter to improve the department's buying power through a plate it acquires critical goods and services in order to stop runaway costs, growth, and program delays. we look forward to hearing from dr. carter of the initial procesprogress he is making. i'd in both these initiatives are coming a
americaspeakingout.com. what will raise the curtain today in sterling, virginia is an outline of an agenda we'd like to see democrats bring to the floor this week, today, that will focus on getting this economy moving again, getting spending under control, and, yes, it includes rolling back the, both the failed economic policies and broadly rejected government takeover of health care enacted last march. >> one of the things that is talked about in the pledge is about job creation and among the ideas there is a 20% reduction in income tax for small businesses. how is that fundamentally different than all of the small business initiatives that have already been proposed by the obama administration? >> well, what we are really talking about is a 20% reduction, immediately, on the bottom line of every small business owner and family farmer in america. but, you're also going to hear republicans today standing out here, as i am in front of front of a small business in sterling, virginia, you're going to hear republicans talk today about congress ought to be acting to make sure there is no tax increase on
project in west virginia. if approved, the spurs no. 1 mine would be one of the bgest strip mining projes in all of appalachian states, impacting acres of forests o and 7 miles of streams. well, jeff biggers is a journalist and cultural historian who has been extensively covered mining in the appalachian region but we only have about a no-minute to speak with you. -- we only have about a minute to speak with you. >> i think across the nation, the coal fields really are having a watershed event for the progressive community. appalaian rising made a very compelling point that mountaintop removal only provides a% of our national co- production, so they're really taking the struggle to washington and asking president obama to say if you cannot even stand up to big coal and follow your role of science, you know, the epa has told us that mountaintop removal create irreversible damage to our head water streams, and if he cannot stand up to bid: stop one of the most egregious human rights and environmental violations, how come we began to discuss a comprehensive energy and health care legislation
businessman. the virginia race is getting a lot of national attention because republicans see perriello is one of the most vulnerable democrats in congress given that he represents a somewhat conservative district and he has voted in favor of obama's major initiatives, health care, cap and trade, stimulus and so on and two years ago, he was elected by the smallest margin of any congressional race in the country. they think -- the republicans are seeing this as a pickup. but democrats say that tom perriello's a fighter and tough campaigner and because he supported the same initiatives that he is giving the support of national democrats just as national republicans are trying to take him down. in 2008, perriello, who is a young lawyer from the charlottesville area, he challenged goode and beat him. this is the closest margin that year in congress. some people say perriello say he rode in on the obama wave. while certainly that was a factor, the virginia fifth district is conservative-leaning and mccain won it with 50.6% of the vote that year. it is traditionally a republican stronghold and has b
in the bill of rights of virginia. i am happy to say that because i teach in virginia. i am very proud of that. when i am asking for is a double request. reassert our commitment to the first amendment. throughout history, it has shown that it is a very valuable part of what the u.s. is about. in fact, i think this is one of the major attractions of the u.s. to immigrants who leave their countries. they truly believe that in this country, they can have a free and dignified being the they have missed elsewhere. the supreme court throughout the years has elaborated and emphasized the basic principles of the first amendment. chief justice rehnquist emphasizes that political devices cannot serve to invalidate otherwise permissible conduct. whatever we might feel about the person -- person sitting next to us, they have rights. even if we politically disagree, that is no reason to be a in a way that would infringe on those rights. furthermore, the first amendment's -- first amendment states that the powers of the government should reach actions only and not opinions. it is wonderful that we could all
this area was founded in 1609 by sailors trying to get to virginia, and they settled here. i can tell you from 1609 to present day they know how to handle these tropical systems. they were well prepared, they were willing to accept the damage from the tree, the roof damage and the shattered windows, blocked roadways. it goes with the territory, so to speak. some of the flooding that we had along the coastline is caused by some of the nine to 12-foot waves that pushed by the wind you're going to have that. that's water is now since receded which is good news. there are other issues in terms of the main causeway in bermuda. that's shut. the airport is closed. when the winds subside, what they will do is take a team of engineers out by the causeway and check fort structural damage. if it appears sound, they will open it back up. and hopefully thereafter the airport. >> reynolds wolf doing yeoman's service in bermuda. >>> sarah shourd who spent more than a year in prison is back on u.s. soul but her heart is in iran. >> her fiance and friend are being held accused by the iranian government of
: richmond, virginia, 35 years old. go ahead. go ahead. caller: yes . i am 35 and i work with -- i have been voting since clinton, i think, came in. i think that young people are not as informed as they used the. -- as they used to be. even older than i am, there were civics.in school about si guest: civics education in our schools has been systematically cut over the last 30 years. but that is not so you can blame young people about. that is an issue of where we investing resources, where are we investing in the young people? we have a program called democracy class that is available to teachers around the country, if they want a one- classroom curriculum. it should be significantly more than that. but young people are savvy. they are paying attention. we see they are following the news closely than they have in many years. i think that is what is causing some of the cynicism. they are starting to pay attention. they see that their interests are being cut by others or by corporate or special interests at times. they are savvy right now, especially with the internet, to actually find out inf
talks. then he met with a family in iowa and a family in virginia, both families said the same thing. it's wednesday, shouldn't you be working? i got an egg [pop] i got gum a kazoo a candy necklace for forty cents, i got one of these [pop] a stamp helium fabric softener [pop] lipstick two pills a day is what it takes to stay alive if you're hiv positive. those pills cost about forty cents a day. >> welcome back. he looked like a friendly backyard gathering, right? but president obama got an earful from one small business owner and a few others at yesterday's town hall in iowa. >> sort of strangling the, you know, the engine that does create the jobs. fundamentals are profit. $250,000. where if you're two people in a family, that's not a lot. it seems like a lot but not when you have the family, the kids, the cars, the college and all the other things that go plus you have to grow the engine. you have to grow it to continue to provide more jobs and to create the dream. >> i have signed eight small business tax cuts since i came into office and the package that we signed this week cut ta
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